The New Zealand Python User Group ran the tenth national Python conference in New Zealand last week. Kiwi PyCon is aimed at promoting and educating people about the Python programming language. Included as speakers and attendees are some big names from the global python and developer community who travel to New Zealand annually for the conference including Red Hat’s own Graham Dumpleton who delivered a talk on building interactive learning environments using Jupyterhub.
This is the 10th anniversary and the T-shirt and Poster art for this years event celebrated the previous nine conferences logos in a graphic collage all speakers were invited to sign a poster including the conference designs from the past.
The conference ran on Friday the 23rd of August, offering 3 days of tutorials, talks, social activities, and other events.
Day one was primarily workshops comprising a selection of hot technologies and frameworks that make use of python as their basis; this included a workshop on Ansible run by the community, Prometheus, flask and other python based projects – focused on hands on deep dive introductory immersion into these technologies.
The conference proper ran over the weekend and the registration numbers were the highest ever for KiwiPycon with 230 registrations being recorded prior to the keynote kickoff on Saturday morning.
Red Hat was a Silver sponsor this year and a last minute swag drop after a raid of the local Wellington office cabinet late on Friday put several hundred high quality notebooks into the hands of eager conference goers as they registered in the morning. Thanks to Steven Ellis and the OSPO team for helping secure sponsorship for the event.
As with previous years all talks are available on-line to review and are up now on the New Zealand Python user group channel on YouTube.
As always talks were all of high quality and conversations and hallway discussions focused around Python topics allowing great sharing between learners and experts alike created a great environment for sharing ideas and experiences.
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